Pacific contribution crucial to climate change discourse – Martel

Pacific Islands Development Forum secretary-general Francois Martel speaks at the Niu Pawa Festival at My Suva Picnic Park. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE Pacific’s contribution has been crucial in the climate change discourse and negotiations, says Pacific Islands Development Forum secretary-general Francois Martel.

He highlighted this during the Niu Pawa festival at My Suva Picnic Park today – the event focused on creating awareness about climate breakdown, its impacts and how to get involved in climate activism.

“It was our Pacific leaders who raised ambition in addressing this climate crisis,” Mr Martel said.

“In the Pacific, we must continue to insist that all countries need to do their part.

“This is a global problem and, therefore, requires global action.”

This week, millions of people around the world had taken to the streets in protest against the inaction and or slow action of their countries on the existential threat posed by climate change.

This event was organised by 350 Fiji, in conjunction with Oxfam in the Pacific, the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network and Alliance for Future Generations and few other local organisations.

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